President - Ashley Louise White
Vice President - Sara Matthews
Treasurer - Bryan Berry
Secretary - Tracy Jackson
Amy Louise Gregory
Youth Seat - Libbie Payne
Amy Gregory has been a Mechanicsville resident for over 40 years. Amy is married to Johnny Gregory and together they have three children, Ashley (26), John (23), and Hunter (22). Amy has her master’s degree in Special Education K-12 with an additional endorsement in adapted curriculum from Regent University. She has been employed by Hanover County Public Schools for 17 years. She served as a long-term substitute for the first seven years serving students with autism, intellectual disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, and students with multiple disabilities. Amy has taught functional academics with extensive support at Chickahominy Middle School for the past eight years. She has volunteered, and continues to, for many organizations including Ashley’s Angels, Camp Easter Seals, DSAGR, Night to Shine RVA, Young Life Capernum and Challenger Sports. Amy serves as a director for the Challenger Sports Division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church (CSBC). She also serves as a member of the Special Needs Resource Team at CSBC as a consultant to their special needs ministry. Amy was appointed by county supervisors as as ‘at large’ member of the Hanover County Community Services Board in December 2017 and serves on several subcommittees including the Jean C. Harris award committee and currently serves as chair of the CSB public awareness committee. Amy started volunteering for HCSS in December of 2015, became a director in April of 2016, and served as the President of the Hanover Community Support Services Board for three years. She is always looking for ways to continue to serve and educate others on the importance of volunteering for their community.
Ashley White spent 27 years in Mechanicsville, Virginia growing up and now resides in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband. She is a 2016 graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education. She is certified in PreK-12 Choral General Music Education and was a music teacher in King William, Virginia for 5 years. In addition to teaching music in the public school setting, Ashley has also choreographed show choir groups across Central Virginia. Ashley began volunteering within the special needs community at the age of 9 and has not stopped since. She has started her own annual dance camp for people with disabilities and has been a part of the inception of many other non-profit organizations that serve the special needs community. In the past, Ashley was awarded the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for the Youth Category and was appointed/served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for National and Community Service under Governor Tim Kaine and Governor Bob McDonell. She was also a member of the Hanover County Special Education Advisory Committee. Ashley currently serves as the director of the Challenger Sports division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church (CSBC).
Bryan Berry has spent the past 30 years as an owner, partner or as an Independent Adviser Representative in the financial services industry. For the past 5 years, he has been a partner at Old Dominion Asset Management. Along the way he has worked to help individuals and small companies formulate and execute game plans to navigate the ups and downs of the financial markets as they all sought to achieve lifetime goals. In addition, Bryan has been active in coaching several sports and investing much of his time in various service roles at Cool Spring Baptist Church. As someone who has always had a heart for the less fortunate and other service opportunities, Bryan was touched personally by the grace of others when after a short, but severe battle with multiple organ failure, he received life saving transplants on Thanksgiving day in 2018. As a result he has become an ambassador for the United Network for Organ Sharing and a supporter of the National Kidney Foundation. Bryan has been a supporter for the last few years of The Miss Hanover Abilities Pageant and looks forward to helping HCSS in any way that he can.
Brianna O'Keeffe is a devoted mother, business owner, and fierce advocate. She lives in Ashland Virginia with her husband and four beautiful children. Her two oldest children were born with physical/intellectual disabilities and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brianna has experience serving children and adults with disabilities as an Advocate and former Social Worker. Brianna continues her involvement within the special needs community by serving as President on the Board of Directors with Family First Advocacy, a local non-profit agency. Brianna's passion for helping others began during childhood when she became a loving sister to her younger brother diagnosed with ASD. That passion grew into action when she began working as a personal care attendant during college, helping many children with physical and Intellectual disabilities. Brianna is an Old Dominion University graduate, majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and Diversity Studies. Go, Monarchs! She continues her involvement by providing internship opportunities for ODU undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling within her locally owned business, Evolve Therapeutic Services. Brianna's goal is to be a voice for people who are more often unheard, to represent those who are neglected, and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Her drive to contribute to positive social change through advocacy, volunteer service, and community involvement has made her well-suited to help families with navigating the service systems. She is a diligent, focused, and energetic individual who looks forward to serving on the board for Hanover Community Support Services.
Libbie Payne is 17 years old and a rising senior at Atlee High School. She resides in Hanover County with her parents and younger sister. She serves as a buddy for Challenger Basketball, Challenger Soccer, and Challenger Baseball. She also attends Young Life Capernaum. She was a member of the TILT homeroom as an eighth grader at Chickahominy Middle School. Libbie is a leader of the Atlee High School Speak Up Club and has a passion for helping others, working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and being an advocate for mental health. Libbie has served on the Youth Advisory Council for the past 2 years and is beyond excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new Youth Seat and will use this experience as a chance to continue to serve and improve her community.
Rachael Gordon is a dedicated mother, small business owner and local volunteer in Hanover and surrounding counties. Rachael has worked with special needs teens, children and young adults for her entire adult life. The sister of adopted twins, both with Cerebral palsy complications, one who uses a wheelchair, Rachael spent her entire childhood around children of different abilities and pushing for their inclusion. As a teenager Rachael began working professionally with special needs teens in their home as an in home aide. Keeping most clients long term, one client for upwards of 7 years, and one going on 10 years. After giving birth to her second child, and pregnant with a surrogate child, her oldest child went through emergency brain surgery after months of chasing down scary symptoms to no resolve. About 10 months later that same child would undergo another emergency brain surgery. That child, over 2 years surgery free, still faces many struggles and set backs from the complications that resulted from the brain abnormality and surgical interventions. Rachael continues to push her child to the best of his abilities while accepting his classmates and similarly abled friends with open arms. Last year Rachael accepted a last minute spot coaching a Challenger basketball team that her child was a member of. While she was the sole coach of that team, she connected with each child's mental and physical abilities to encourage them to play as much on their own and helped them hone their own skills to score points on their own as often as possible. Last year Rachael took over as President for A Mother's Keeper, a small charity that provides comfort and gift items to parents caring for sick children inpatient at hospitals. And even as Covid has changed the way this charity operates, they have continued to utilize the donations to help as many other local struggling charities as possible, relocating items to Moments of Hope and Feed More. And continues to help with the operations at Feed More involving her children when applicable and finding ways that all persons there had a task to complete no matter their abilities. As a small business owner, she regularly donates time and tangible resources to charities. She has even begun planning for expansion to be able to employ persons of different abilities in some capacities. Rachael is a strong advocate for our special needs Community and their families.
Rachel Carson is a Hanover county native. She teaches Kindergarten in Hanover and has a passion for children. Rachel began volunteering with the special needs community at the age of 10 and has not stopped since. She was heavily involved with The Resource Connection and Joanna Frank for many years, working with the special needs community and helping support local families. Rachel loves the opportunity to serve her community on the Hanover Community Support Services board.
Sara Matthews resides in Hanover County, with her husband and three children. Two of her children attend Lee-Davis High School and her oldest is a sophomore at Wake Forest University. She has been a director for Challenger Sports for the last 9 years, where she has developed relationships with many families in the special needs community. She has volunteered for the Miss Hanover Abilities pageant, and is currently serving as social media coordinator for Night to Shine. Sara is employed by Hanover County Public Schools where she is an Instructional Assistant in the Autism Program. She has been nominated for Hanover County Spirit of Volunteerism awards five times for her support in various organizations, including the Laurel Meadow Elementary PTA, Stonewall Jackson Middle School Chorus, Challenger Sports, and the Lee-Davis Choral Boosters. Her free time is spent organizing choral students as President of the Lee-Davis Choral Boosters and watching her children perform on stage while serving as Show Administrator for the Lee-Davis Drama Boosters. She is excited about serving with HCSS!
Sierre Lindgren is a resident of Hanover County, residing in the quaint Town of Ashland with her husband and two small children. When she is not painting and refinishing furniture for her small business, her family is cheering on the Yellow Jackets at Randolph-Macon College or exploring beautiful Hanover County. Sierre currently works as Senior Fraud Analyst for Paymerang in Richmond, Virginia. Growing up, she always had a passion for supporting children and adults with special needs. While attending college at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in criminal justice and child psychology, she volunteered in many classrooms across the state and supported children with special needs. She is a supporter of several local organizations that give back to the community and help children, single parents, and the elderly. Sierre has a passion for giving back and supporting others and instills this in her two young children.
Tracy lives in Mechanicsville with her husband Rodney, daughter Jenna and son Justin. She has lived in Mechanicsville for twenty years. Tracy is employed with Sonabank (formerly EVB) as a Vice President in Commercial Lending. Tracy has been in banking for thirty years and over those years have held a variety of positions. Tracy has served in many volunteer roles/capacities over the years to include United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Atlee Gridiron. She is very passionate about supporting and providing for individuals with special needs and their families. Tracy looks forward to watching and being a part of HCSS as it continues to provide and support the differently –abled citizens of Hanover County.